After the widespread pandemic known as the Coronavirus cut the NBA season short, sports fans have been left without any sports to follow for the first time in recent memory. In lieu of this absence, we decided to take a look at the Top 100 NBA Players based on their stats from the 2019-20 season.
How Rankings are Determined
As always, everyone is entitled to their own opinions about who is more talented than who, and who deserves to be ranked where. We acknowledge this, and because of the impossible task of ranking raw talent, this NBA Top 100 list is based on a model fair to everyone that considers only objective stats from this season. This keeps players such as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant from their usual place in the top 10 due to their lack of playing time this season. The weight each stat carries when determining the overall ranking was determined by NBA writers from Overtime Heroics. The weight assigned to each stat is the only subjective part of the list. For a full breakdown of which stats and metrics were included and how important we considered them, check out our calculation breakdown here. Enjoy the NBA Top 100!
NBA Top 100
75 – 71: Lonzo Ball, Marcus Smart, Dwight Howard, Ja Morant, CJ McCollum
75. Lonzo Ball
Lonzo’s assist numbers are his best quality on the court and on paper. His average of 7.0 lands him at 12th best in the league. Despite a notable increase in his shooting percentage later in the season, Ball’s inconsistencies from the field and high turnover rate hurt his stock more than anything else in this NBA Top 100 list.
74. Marcus Smart
Smart is one of those players known for being good to have around no matter what the stat sheet says. For him to still be in the top 75 with that “intangibles” label is impressive. He ranks 11th in STL and top 35 in DWS. However, his stellar aggressive defense is also his biggest downfall as personal fouls are his lowest ranked stat.
73. Dwight Howard
Howard has found a resurgence in LA and ranks only a few spots lower than the man starting ahead of him. His TS% is off the charts at 69.6%, and his ORB% is 11th in the league. His stats that are most lacking, as can be assumed from a backup center, are fouls, assists, and turnover rate.
72. Ja Morant
Being on a Top 100 list as a rookie is impressive. Ja’s stellar playmaking for himself and others push him firmly in the mix. He is top 20 in both AST (6.9) and AST% (34.6) while maintaining a 17.6 average in PTS. His turnovers are high, but I can’t see a future in which he doesn’t gain more consistency and ball security. Morant earned his place in year one and will likely be a regular for a while.
71. CJ McCollum
McCollum has had a quietly solid year. Unfortunately, it has not been much more than that. Solid. His 22.5 PPG are good for 22nd in the league, but that’s where the elite stats stop. His OWS and AST are above average, and his fouls, turnovers, and lack of rebounding hurt him the most. McCollum’s above average year may play a part in the Blazers’ struggles.
70 – 66: Kevin Love, JaVale McGee, Brook Lopez, Devonte’ Graham, Derrick Favors
70. Kevin Love
As has been the case for much of his career, Love’s elite rebounding lands him in the top 70 players this season. His 8.8 DRB (8th) and 31.1% DRB% (16th) are elite stats, especially for an unathletic big man at this point in his career. His inability to create steals and blocks consistently is the weakest part of his resume.
69. JaVale McGee
McGee has played his role well nearly everywhere he’s been. His BLK% is top 10 in the league and his 1.5 BPG are good for 15th. Playing alongside the league leader in assists has helped his TS% climb over 65%. Since McGee knows his role, his AST and AST% are his lowest stats, as they should be. However, his lack of PTS leaves him outside of the top 250 scorers this year and outside the top 50 on the NBA Top 100.
68. Brook Lopez
Lopez has found the perfect role for him playing alongside the league MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The big man in the middle has tremendously improved his three point shooting and interior defending over the course of his career, exactly what this Bucks squad needs. Lopez’s 2.4 BLK rank him 2nd in the NBA. He’s also top 10 in DWS (4th) and BLK% (7th). Due to his three point tendencies, his lack of offensive rebounds plagues his ranking along with his assist numbers and overall TS%.
67. Devonte’ Graham
A potential Most Improved candidate, Graham burst onto the scene in Charlotte with his three point barrage early in the season. Although his shooting cooled off as the season progressed, his 7.5 AST (8th) and 35.3 AST% (15th) have kept him firmly in the middle of this list. His high usage rate combined with 2.9 turnovers per game drag his ranking down more than anything else.
66. Derrick Favors
Favors has quietly had a solid season, on par with much of his career. Although he’s not a big name, his veteran leadership and consistency around the rim have helped the new look Pelicans compete for a roster spot. He ranks in the top 25 in ORB (8th), ORB% (17th), DRB (22nd), and DRB% (23rd). His elite rebounding numbers have been balanced out with his lack of assists and abundance of fouls.
65 – 61: Brandon Clarke, Jamal Murray, Jonathan Isaac, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari
65. Brandon Clarke
One of the bigger surprises on this list, Clarke had a stellar rookie season with the Grizzlies, earning him the top spot on this NBA Top 100 list among rookies. Playing alongside fellow rookie sensation Ja Morant helped Clarke obtain a top 30 TS% (67%). He also ranks in the top 35 in PER (31st) and BPM (33rd). His inefficient defense and playmaking are his biggest weakness, but he has plenty of time to correct those and move up this list.
64. Jamal Murray
Murray is known as a young play maker thriving on an under-the-radar Nuggets team. This holds true as he is top 50 in both PTS (49th) and AST (45th). However, somewhat surprisingly, he is also 40th in STL at 1.2 per game. His high turnover average (2.3) and low rebounding rate are that categories he can improve the most upon.
63. Jonathan Isaac
Isaac came into the league with a lot of potential and was initially underwhelming. This season however, he put his length to good use on the defensive end of the court. He ranked 2nd in BLK with 2.4 per game and 11th in STL with 1.6 per game. It is uncommon for one player to rank so well in both of these stats, and Isaac’s unique abilities should not go unnoticed. His lack of playing time due to injury (32 GP) is the primary reason he did not finish higher on this list.
62. Will Barton
Barton lands on this list in large part due to his defense as well. His 1.1 STL per game and 2.1 DWS are his highest ranked stats, not far ahead of his defensive rebounding from a guard position. His main downfalls are his 1.5 TOV per game and 54.9 TS%.
61. Danilo Gallinari
The veteran forward has been a major part of the upstart Thunder this season. His 19.2 PTS per game are top 50 in the league, and his OWS (4.1) are good for 23rd in the league. Gallinari, the 6’10 power forward, has a notable downfall this year: his 0.1 BLK per game which ranks 374th out of 511 players.
60 – 56: Ivica Zubac, Eric Bledsoe, Deandre Ayton, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Thies
60. Ivica Zubac
The misconception that the Clippers need another center has little warrant. The truth, they need to play their starting center, Zubac more in the second half. He ranks in the top 10 in the league in ORB% (7th) and top 25 in ORB (21st). He’s also appeared in every single game the Clippers played this season. His fouls have typically been the reason his minutes are limited, and they are a major reason he is as low as he is on this NBA Top 100 list.
59. Eric Bledsoe
Bledsoe is another player that benefits greatly from playing with the reigning MVP. His DWS are top 20 in the league and his 5.4 assists are perfect for the Giannis-led Bucks. However his overall numbers are not high enough to negate his high usage rate and average turnovers.
58. Deandre Ayton
Ayton had a very solid season. When he played. Ayton was one of four players hit with a 25 game suspension for breaking the drug policy. While on the court, Ayton ranked 3rd in the NBA in ORB (4.1) and 10th in BLK (1.7). He was also top 30 in DRB (14th), ORB% (25th), and DRB% (29th). His 25+ missed games were his biggest drawbacks this season.
57. Gordon Hayward
After a severe ankle injury a couple of seasons ago, Hayward has found his rhythm again with the Boston Celtics. Despite not ranking in the top 25 in any single stat, Hayward is well above average in most stats. He averages 5.5 DRB and 4.1 AST, with a top 50 rank in OWS. His 1.8 turnovers per game are his worst ranked stat. 1.8 turnovers per game can be overcome.
56. Daniel Thies
A second straight Celtic might not be who you expected to see this high up on the list, but his improved stats and consistency earned his place on the list. Thies ranked 20th in blocks per game and top 35 in WS (26th), BLK% (27th), OWS (30th), and ORB (33rd). His issue with committing too many fouls is his biggest downfall, along with his poor assist and steal rates.
55. Spencer Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie has been a staple for avid NBA fans for the last couple of seasons. His combination of scoring (20.6 PPG) and playmaking (6.8 AST and 35.6 AST%) make him an elite guard in this league. As a guard, his rebounding numbers are understandably low, but his high usage rate with lesser efficiency is his biggest downfall on this list.
54. Paul George
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises on this list is Paul George falling out of the top 50 after being in the top 3 of the MVP race last season. His PTS are, as usual, his highest rated stat at 28th in the league. However, his combination of missed games, inefficient shooting, and high usage rate drop him well below the top 10-15 rank he’s become accustomed to.
53. Christian Wood
Christian Wood came out of nowhere to be a valuable piece for the depleted Pistons. After trading Andre Drummond and injuries to Blake Griffin, Wood became a top 25 player in PER. His TS% is among the best in the league at 65.9%. The area that Wood has the most room for improvement in is his playmaking stats. He only averaged 1 AST and 7.6 AST%, good for 317th and 354th in the league respectively.
52. Richaun Holmes
Holmes came into his own for the Kings this year averaging 3.0 ORB per game, 11th best in the league. Holmes was also top 20 in BLK (17th) and TS% (19th). His lack of games played and 3.9 fouls per game average (worst in the league) are the biggest reasons he missed the top 50 cut in this NBA Top 100.
51. Tobias Harris
Harris has steadily increased his stock year after year. This season on the Sixers he became the third option, a role that seems to fit him well. He has played in every game for the Sixers while averaging 19.4 points per game. Although known for his shooting capabilities, he ranks in the top 25 in DWS at 2.6. His high usage rate is his lowest ranked stat, along with inefficient steal and offensive rebounding rates.
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